The Definition of Misfeed
Is a failure of the next round to completely enter the chamber. Misfeeds and failures to feed are very similar, a
failure to feed is a round that never even leaves the top of the magazine, while a misfeed is a
round that leaves the magazine but does not enter the chamber.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A malfunction which locks up the gun so badly that tools are required in order to fix it. Sometimes used to denote a simple malfunction,
but many people make a distinction between a complete jam and a simple malfunction.
An unexpected and undesirable discharge of a firearm caused by circumstances beyond the control of the participant(s) such as a mechanical failure or parts breakage.
There are very, very few firearms related "accidents" and if the "Three Rules" are followed there will hopefully be no injury.
Accidental Discharge should not be confused with "Negligent Discharge".
A type of reflector (reflex) sight for firearms that gives the uses a red light-emitting diode as a reticle to create an aimpoint.
More correctly a "rifled slug" or "shotgun slug." An individual cylindrical projectile designed to be discharged from a shotgun. The term is often incorrectly used to mean a Bullet.
Pulling the slide back to its rearmost position, and then letting it go forward under its own spring tension.
Racking the slide loads the chamber and prepares the gun to fire in a semi-automatic handgun.
The mechanical sighting system which usually comes with the firearm made of metal with no optics.
The cross-shaped object seen in the center of a firearm scope. Its more-proper name is reticle.
Abbreviation for Long Rifle. Typically used in the .22 caliber cartridge designation .22LR. However can be used as an abbreviation for Kentucky Long Rifle
The opening through which the empty, spent ammunition case is ejected from of a firearm.
The cartridge for a shotgun. It is also called a "shell," and its body is usually made of plastic (metal shotgun shells are very rare, paper shotgun shells are extinct)
with a metal head.
Small shotshells are also made for rifles and handguns and are often used for vermin control.
A sidelock action where the mainspring is mounted rearward towards the butt.
The back action is often used in double rifles where the need for strength requires as
little steel as possible be removed from the bar of the action.
Also spelled "+P" or "P+".
Is small arms ammunition that has been loaded to a higher internal pressure than standard for it's caliber.
Many calibers are available in both standard and +p or +p+ variants. Ammunition marked +p produces more power
and higher pressures than the standard ammunition. Not all firearms are designed to handle the increased
pressure consult your owner's manual or gun manufacturer before using +P ammunition.
If the trigger is able to continue moving to the rear after the shot has fired, the trigger is said to over-travel.
A firing mode enabling the shooter to fire a predetermined number of rounds with a single pull of the trigger.
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